Well, I had promised a link to this cool Sesame Street stuff that I saw on You Tube. I also heard there's some new DVD out featuring all the early Sesame Street stuff which is bound to be good for a few laughs. It's supposed to be all the early stuff from 1969-1974 when the show was really new. Maybe this was posted in conjunction with that to stir up some buzz, I dunno. I wouldn't be surprised. But the early days of Sesame Street were something, it was a very different show in a lot of ways.
For one thing, it was a smaller cast- Maria and Luis hadn't shown up yet. There was a different guy playing Gordon, and Mr. Hooper was still alive and kicking. There were a few bizarre clips from the opening season of Sesame Street which were on there on YouTube. For example, there was a very thin and bald-looking Big Bird. Here's another clip featuring Ernie and Bert's first appearance. Plus, Oscar the Grouch was not green; he was orange. Really bizarre stuff that a lot of us TV viewers grew up watching.
I think the early Sesame Street clips are quite something. The early years of this show was really the period when the show was really great. The sketches were really inspired and they had the great Jim Henson with some great Muppets routines and memorable characters; and the songs were memorable as well--- a lot of them done by the legendary Joe Raposo. Personally I think Sesame Street lost a lot when Henson and Raposo passed away; the songs and the Muppets were the real reasons this show was so great.
I think this show has kind of gone downhill in a lot of ways. These days it's all Elmo and all politically correct. They have Cookie Monster hawking fruits and vegetables now, he's gone all health-conscious! I think that is one big joke. These folks in charge ought to lighten up, it won't kill people to eat an occasional cookie. People who run Sesame Street take life way too seriously these days. Anyway that's that.